Put That In Your Juicer and Drink It

The New York Times examines the rise of the gluten-free food industry:

“I think we as a country and as a globe will continue to be concerned about what’s going into our food supply.”

I’m calling BS.

People want medals and recognition for buying organic junk food and crap like throwback Mountain Dew with real sugar (that is also bad for you). It’s perfect – people can give themselves credit for eating healthy foods without actually doing it.

If you have to search high and low for a gluten-free substitute for junk food maybe the real question you should ask is “should I really be eating girl scout cookies anyway?”

When you eat soy

This is what you’re eating when you eat soy; an industrial waste product. Soy as it grows in the field is not actually a low-fat paragon. It’s about 30 percent fat. Once upon a time it was grown for its oil—not because people ate it, but because it was used for paint and glue. In 1913, the USDA listed soy as an industrial material, not as a food. Extracting the oil from soy leaves a defatted mass of protein. The question for industrial agriculture has been what to do with it. In 1975, a smart soy marketer said, “The quickest way to gain product acceptability in the less affluent society…is to have tho product consumed on its own merit in a more affluent society.”

Keith, Lierre. “Nutritional Vegetarians.” The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability. Crescent City, Ca.: Flashpoint, 2009. 224. Print.

“The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” by Jared Diamond

From 1987:

…recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.